Best of 2017: Movies

Honestly, nothing I saw at the movies this year came close to any two episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" (or even just Episode Eight all by itself) and I won’t have a chance to see "The Post" (which, unless  ...

The Post (2017)

It’s not just dispiriting to hear Donald Trump declare that the press is the enemy of the people: it’s downright scary. So in a year when the media has been mercilessly maligned, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” the story of The  ...

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Italian director Luca Guadagnino who has quickly and deservedly achieved much acclaim and auteur status after just a few films, is releasing his latest, with much anticipation. His second feature-length narrative that put him on the map, and may be  ...

The Shape of Water (2017)

Anyone whose pulse has ever quickened watching classic horror and fantasy films should be thrilled by Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” It’s a picture deeply rooted in the beloved post-war apocalyptic movies that del Toro devoured as  ...

Lady Bird (2017)

Writer/director (and sometimes actress) Greta Gerwig thanks Noah Baumbach (among others) in the credits of her new dramedy, "Lady Bird", which seems entirely fitting given the similarities in their cinematic sensibilities. Both artists work at least quasi-autobiographically  ...

Jane (2017)

Jane Goodall has long been admired for her tireless work on behalf of animal conservation in general, and specifically for chimpanzees. It is largely because of her that any of us know what we know about the primates, their  ...

Human Flow (2017)

This is the most important movie you’ll see this year. It may also be one of the best you’ll see, as it is a documentary that is both insightful and informative, and beautiful and poignant. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei  ...

Suburbicon (2017)

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but apparently there's more to suburbia than meets the eye (and it's not always the wholesome Norman Rockwell painting it's cracked up to be)! That's right, folks: in  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

Despite the devastating fires taking place just north of Marin County, where the Mill Valley Film Festival takes place, this year’s festival forged ahead to celebrate its 40th anniversary. They also made a valid point to remember their neighbors facing  ...